Tastes from all over the world at festival’s food stalls

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Crowds line the streets for Abergavenny Food Festival 2015 PICTURE: Huw John Photography

Visitors can buy food from almost every corner of the world at Abergavenny Food Festival.

Here is the full list of food and drink stallholders at this year’s festival:

STREETFOOD

AaHaan Thai
www.aahaanthai.com

American Street Food Limited
facebook.com/dixiekitchenUK

Boontatoo Thai food
Fresh cooked Thai food by Boontatoo Thai restaurant in Abergavenny

Bubble&
www.bubbleand.co.uk

Cafe Spice Namaste (Castle)
www.cafespice.co.uk / www.mrtodiwala.com

The Cheese Truck Ltd

www.thecheesetruck.co.uk

 

Crabtree Catering (Crofters)
Shawarma lamb, chermoula steak, hallumi and aubergines with harrisa onion.

 

The Crepe Escape
Crepes

Dusty Knuckle Pizza Company
www.dustyknucklepizza.co.uk

Glamorgan Vale Hog Roast Ltd
www.specialisthogroast.co.uk
Hang Fire Smokehouse
www.hangfiresmokehouse.com
La Bonne Crepe
www.labonnecrepe.co.uk
La Ffroga
www.facobook.com/laffroga
Iberico Jack
www.ibericojack.org
Meat And Greek
info@meatandgreek.co.uk
The Poffertjes Co
www.poffertjes.co.uk
Purple Poppadom
www.purplepoppadom.com
Sir Ollie’s
www.sirollies.co.uk
The Spanish Buffet
www.thespanishbuffet.co.uk
The Welsh Creperie Co
www.thewelshcreperie.co.uk

fruit and vegetables
Tomatoes on sale PICTURE: Tim Woodier

FRUIT AND VEGETABLES

Court Farm & Leisure
www.courtfarmleisure.co.uk

The Garlic Farm
www.thegarlicfarm.co.uk

Llanvihangel Crucorney Fruit Farm
www.llanvifarm.co.uk

The Onion Man – Breton onions from a bicycle

Paul’s Organic Veg

Riverford Organic
www.riverford.co.uk

Sea Spring Seeds
www.seaspringseeds.co.uk
The Strawberry Stop
www.thestrawberrystop.co.uk

The Tomato Stall
www.thetomatostall.co.uk
COOKED AND CURED MEATS

Bellota
Spanish foods.

Charcutier Ltd
www.charcutier.co.uk

The Cotswold Curer Ltd
www.thecotswoldcurer.co.uk

Flyford Food Co LLP
www.bighornbiltong.co.uk
Forest Pig Charcuterie
www.forestpig.com

The Handmade Scotch Egg Company
www.handmadescotcheggs.co.uk

Morgans Family Butchers
Beef and lamb steaks, gold award beefburgers in a fresh bread roll.

Native Breeds Charcuterie LLP
www.nativebreeds.co.uk

The Parsons Nose
www.theparsonsnose.com

The Real Boar Co & Wessex Wild Plum Co
www.therealboar.co.uk / www.wessexwildplumcompany.co.uk

Sam’s Meat Roasts
Home bred and reared Wild Boar X hog roast, Water Buffalo and burgers

Trealy Farm Charcuterie
www.trealyfarm.com

FRESH MEAT & GAME

Bocaddon Farm Veal
www.bocaddonfarmveal.com

The Cooking Cooks Italian Kitchen (Castle)
Delicious Italian cuisine using the freshest ingredients

Chestnut Meats
www.chestnutmeats.co.uk

Edwards of Conwy
Traditional Welsh award winning master butcher

Glam Lamb
www.glamlamb.co.uk

Neil Powell Master Butchers
www.neilpowell.co.uk

Penmincae Welsh Black Beef & Lamb
Welsh black beef or lamb, roast or burger in freshly baked rolls.

Seasons
www.naturalgame.co.uk

Welsh Venison Centre
www.beaconsfarmshop.co.uk

POULTRY & WILDFOWL

Madgetts Farm Poultry
www.madgettsfarm.co.uk

Monmouthshire Turkeys
www.monmouthshireturkeys.co.uk

Postance Poultry
Fresh free-range duck.

VEGETARIAN

Aphrodite’s Food
www.aphroditesfood.com

The Gourmet Gardener
www.thegourmetgardener.co.uk

Mela Street Food
Indian wraps and street foods.

The Parsnipship
https://theparsnipship.co.uk/

PommePommeFoods (Castle)
www.facebook.com/pommepommefoodies

CHEESE

Abergavenny Fine Foods Ltd (Sponsor)
www.abergavenny.uk.com

Bath Soft Cheese
www.parkfarm.co.uk

The Blaenafon Cheddar Co Ltd
Family business producing hand made Welsh cheddars and goats’ cheeses.

Caws Cenarth Ltd
www.cawscenarth.co.uk

Charles Martell & Son Ltd
www.charlesmartell.com

Emilia Ltd
www.emiliauk.london

Godminster
www.godminster.com

La Cave a Fromage
www.la-cave.co.uk

Quickes Traditional Ltd
www.quickes.co.uk

Snowdonia Cheese Co Ltd
www.snowdoniacheese.co.uk

Teifi Cheese & Da Mhile Distillery
www.teificheese.co.uk

White Lake Cheese
www.whitelake.co.uk

Worthy Cheddar
www.worthycheddar.co.uk
FISH & SEAFOOD

Black Mountains Smokery
www.smoked-foods.co.uk

Devon Fishcakes
www.devonfishcakes.com

Dylan’s Restaurant
Hot seafood and shellfish dishes with produce sourced from North Wales.

Emilia Ltd
www.emiliauk.london

Mighty Soft Shell Crab
www.themightysoftshellcrab.com

The Pembrokeshire Beach Food Co
www.beachfood.co.uk

Swshi
www.swshi.co.uk

Vin Sullivan Foods (The Fish Shack)
Seafood bar

The Wrap Shack
www.thewrapshack.co.uk
BREADS & BAKED GOODS

Baked By Mel
www.barabrith.co

The Bertinet Bakery
www.bertinet.com

Caroline’s Real Bread Company
www.carolinesrealbreadcompany.co.uk

Cradoc’s Savoury Biscuits
www.cradocs.co.uk

Earth Ovens
www.earthovens.co.uk

Hobbs House Bakery
www.hobbshousebakery.co.uk

Little Welsh Deli
Award winning artisan company producing handmade pasties and cakes.

Market Bakery Abergavenny
Local Bakery

Popty Cara
www.poptycara.co.uk

Riverside Sourdough
www.riversidesourdough.co.uk

Shellys Food
Welsh butter shortbread

PIES

Brocklebys
www.brocklebys.co.uk

Elm Tree Foods
www.elmtreefoods.com

Legges of Bromyard
www.leggesofbromyard.com

Old Granary Pierogi
Lovingly handcrafted yeast dough cases filled with gourmet stuffings

Plenty Pastry Ltd
www.plentypies.co.uk

Snowdrop Cottage Fine Foods
snowdropcottagefinefoods.blogspot.co.uk

Tom’s Pies
www.toms-pies.co.uk

OLIVES & OIL

Avlaki Ltd
www.oliveoilavlaki.com

Cotswold Gold
www.cotswoldgold.co.uk

The Olive Press
www.theolivepress.co.uk

The Olive Shop
www.theoliveshopltd.com

Olives & Things

RSPB Cymru
www.rspb.org.uk
RSPB Love Nature extra-virgin rapeseed oil. Give Nature a Home herbs.

 

SAUCES, PICKLES & CHUTNEYS

Bim’s Kitchen
www.bimskitchen.com

Cibus Terrae Ltd
www.tondaterra.co.uk

Forage Fine Foods
www.foragefinefoods.com

Mr Todiwala’s Pickles & Chutneys
www.cafespice.co.uk

Patchwork Traditional Food Company
www.patchwork-pate.co.uk

Peperoncino
www.peperoncino.co.uk

Purely Pickled Eggs
www.purelypickledeggs.co.uk

SA Sauces Ltd
www.sasauces.co.uk

Sabor de Amor
www.sabordeamor.com

Seren Foods
www.seren-foods.co.uk

Sim’s Food Ltd
Producers of gluten free mixes, pickles, chutneys, dressings.

Tigg’s Dressings
www.tiggitup.co.uk

Tracklements
www.tracklements.co.uk

Upton Cheyney Chilli Company Ltd
Multi award winning UK chilli farm, selling sauces and chilli kits.

Usk River
www.uskriver.co.uk

The Wasabi Company
www.thewasabicompnay.co.uk
SEEDS, NUTS & DRIED FRUIT

Franchi Seeds of Italy
www.seedsofitaly.com

Hot Roasted Nuts
hotcookednuts@hotmail.com

Ludlow Nut Co
ludlownut.co.uk

Wil’s Smokehouse
www.wilssmokehouse.co.uk

HONEY, JAMS & MARMALADES

Claire’s Kitchen
Award winning quality preserves produced at home in small batches.

Coedcanlas
www.coedcanlas.com

Hilltop Honey
www.hilltop-honey.com

Little Grandma’s Kitchen
www.littlegrandmaskitchen.co.uk

Miranda’s Preserves
www.mirandas-preserves.co.uk

Miss Daisy’s Kitchen
www.missdaisyskitchen.co.uk

Radnor Preserves
www.radnorpreserves.com

Wild Flower Honey Company
www.wildflowerhoney.wales
HERBS, SPICES & CONDIMENTS

Anglesey Sea Salt Company
www.halenmon.com

Herbal Connections
www.herbalconnections.co.uk

Kitchen Flowers
www.kitchenflowers.co.uk

LittlePod
www.littlepod.co.uk

Petals of the Valley
www.petalsofthevalley.co.uk

The Preservation Society
www.thepreservationsociety.co.uk

Sorai
www.sorai.co.uk

Wiltshire Chilli Farm
www.justchillies.co.uk

The Wasabi Company
www.thewasabicompany.co.uk

Womersley Fruit & Herb Vinegars
www.womersleyfoods.co.uk

 

CAKES & PATISSERIES 

The Angel Hotel
www.angelabergavenny.com
Chock Shop
www.chockshop.co.uk
The Chocolate Brownie Company
www.chocbrownieco.co.uk
Churros Con Chocolate
www.lovely-churros.co.uk
Flower and White Ltd
www.flowerandwhite.co.uk
Gower Cottage Brownies
www.gowercottagebrownies.co.uk
Isabel’s Bakehouse
www.isabelsbakehouse.com
Love at First Bake
www.loveatfirstbake.co.uk
Love Patisserie
Delicious coffee and French-stlye sweet tarts, hand made in Hay-on-Wye.

The M’hencha Company
www.themhenchacompany.co.uk
Narnas
www.narnaschocolates.co.uk
So Cocoa
www.sococoa.co.uk

CONFECTIONARY

Barry Colenso Chocolates
www.barrycolenso.co.uk
Black Mountain Gold Chocolate
www.blackmountainchocolate.org

 

Cocoa Magic
100% handmade chocolates with character and packed full of flavour.

 

Cocoa Runners
www.cocoarunners.com
Cottage Sweets
www.cottagesweets.co.uk
Fuffle from Fudgeheaven
www.fufflec.o.uk
Joe & Seph’s Gourmet Popcorn
www.joeandsephs.co.uk
Mayhawk
www.mayhawk.co.uk
NOMNOM Chocolate
www.nomnom.cymru
The Old Chapel Fudge Co

 

The Raw Chocolate Pie Company
www.rawchocpie.co.uk

 

Sue Gilmour Ltd
www.suegilmour.co.uk

ICE CREAM

Cowpots
www.cowpotsicecream.co.uk
The Hive Honey Ice Cream
www.thehiveaberaeron.com
Popcycle
www.popcycle.uk
Rowlestone Farmhouse Ice cream
www.rowlestonecourt.co.uk
Science Cream Ltd
www.sciencecream.co.uk
Shepherds Ice Cream
www.shepherdsicecream.co.uk
Wild Fig
www.wildfigfarm.co.uk

PUDDINGS & DESSERTS

The Pudding Shop
www.thepuddingshop.co.uk

 

 

NON-ALCOHOLIC DRINKS

Breckland Orchard
www.brecklandorchard.co.uk
Celtic Vale Natural Mineral Water
www.celticvale.co.uk
The Fresh Lemonade Co
Fresh lemonade and cocktails!

 

Hollow Ash Orchard
www.hollow-ash.co.uk

 

The Lemonade Lady
Freshly squeezed lemonade

 

Llanllyr Source
www.llanllyrsource.com
Shocka’s Coconut Hub
Freshly-chopped coconut water alongside alcoholic Shocktails mix

 

Welsh Farmhouse Apple Juice
www.welshfarmhouseapplejuice.co.uk

 

Yarty Cordials
www.yartycordials.com

SPIRITS & LIQUERS

Bramley and Gage Ltd
Chase Distillery Ltd
www.chasedistillery.co.uk
Da Mhile Distillery
www.damhile.co.uk
Moorland Spirit Company
www.hepplegin.com
Pinkster Gin
www.pinkstergin.com

 

Sam Sake
www.samsake.com
The Shack Revolution
www.theshackrevolution.co.uk
Sibling Distillery
www.siblingdistillery.com
Tipsy Fruit Gins
www.tipsyfruitgins.co.uk
Warner Edwards Distillery
www.warneredwards.com
TEA & COFFEE

Chantler Teas
www.chantlerteas.co.uk
The Coffee Camper
www.thecoffeecamper.com
The Coffee Gondola
www.thecoffeegondola.com
Delicia Cakes & Teas
Cakes and loose leaf teas.

 

Handlebar Barista
www.handlebarbarista.com
Moo & Two
Passionate tea lovers, fanatic even; delicious coffee too.

 

Sherston Tea Company
www.sherstontea.com
Tea People
www.teapeople.co.uk
Welsh Coffee Company
www.welshcoffee.com

WINE

Bordeaux Undiscovered
www.bordeaux-undiscovered.co.uk
Cwm Deri Vineyard
www.cwm-deri.co.uk
Frome Valley Vineyard
www.fromevalleyvineyard.co.uk
Gilbies
www.gilbies.co.uk
Serravinci Ltd
www.serravinci.co.uk
Viader Vintners
www.viader.co.uk

 

BEER & CIDER

Apple County Cider Co
www.applecountycider.co.uk
Blaengawney Farm (Hallet’s Cider)
www.halletsrealcider.co.uk
Bland’s Cider
www.blandscider.com
Brecon Brewing
www.breconbrewing.co.uk
Butford Organics
www.butfordorganics.co.uk
Gwatkin Cider Company
www.gwatkincider.co.uk
Gwynt Y Ddraig Cider
www.gwyntcider.com
Llangollen Brewery
www.llangollenbrewery.com
Skyborry Cider and Perry
www.skyborrycider.co.uk
Tiny Rebel Brewing Co.
http://www.tinyrebel.co.uk
Tudor Brewery
www.tudorbrewery.co.uk
Ty Gwyn Cider
www.tygwyncider.co.uk
Untapped Brewing Company
www.untappedbrew.com
Welsh Mountain Cider
www.welshmountaincider.com
Williams Brothers Cider
www.cider.wales
Wye Valley Brewery
www.wyevalleybrewery.co.uk
CEREALS 

Casa del Cymru
www.casadelcymru.co.uk

 

Simplyseedz Ltd
www.simplyseedz.co.uk

 

DAIRY 

Calon Wen Organic Dairy
www.calonwen-cymru.com
Llaeth Y Llan / Village Dairy
www.villagedairy.co.uk
READY MEALS

Coconut Chilli
www.coconutchilli.com
SEEDS, NUTS & DRIED FRUIT

Franchi Seeds 1783
www.seedsofitaly.com
Hodmedod
www.hodmedods.co.uk
Hotroastednuts
Cinammon roasted nuts and Italian licquorice sticks

 

Wild Trail
www.wildtrail.co.uk
Willy Chase’s Popcorn
www.willychases.co.uk
Wils Smokehouse
Smoked organic gluten free foods with attitude.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abergavenny Food Festival is a feast for visitors

 

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Cyrus Todiwala PICTURE: Huw John Photography

 

From top chefs and food writers to TV presenters and a former star of the Great British Bake Off – this year’s Abergavenny Food Festival will be a feast for its tens of thousands of visitors.

Last year’s event attracted 30,000 people, and this year’s festival will run from Friday night (September 16) to Sunday.

This year’s line-up has a taste of cooking from India, Italy, France, Spain, Malaysia, Poland, Japan, Korea, and the UK.

MasterChef: The Professionals presenter and former Le Gavroche senior sous chef Monica Galetti talks about her new book, The Skills, and stages a masterclass at the Borough Theatre on Friday evening.

On Saturday, Abergavenny Food Festival favourite Cyrus Todiwala will be at the Borough Theatre showing visitors how to get 120 dishes out of 10 spices with recipes from his new book, Mr Todiwala’s Spice Box. The chef, restaurateur, and author has been called the UK’s best Indian chef.

Acclaimed chef and restaurateur Jose Pizzaro will share culinary secrets from his new book, Basque, during a session at the Borough Theatre on Saturday.

Founder of the Riverford Field Kitchen, Jane Baxter, will give a taste of her new book, Leon Happy Salads, at the Masonic Hall on Sunday.

 

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Tim McDougall

 

What To Eat Now star Valentine Warner returns to the festival with new fish recipes at the Priory Centre on Sunday, and Llansantffraed Court chef Tim McDougall will be demonstrating recipes with Usk Valley beef, Monmouthshire lamb, and Bristol Channel sea bass at the Priory Centre on Sunday.

If you’ve been diagnosed as a coeliac, Naomi Devlin will be holding a masterclass at the Priory Centre on Saturday called River Cottage Gluten Free. She will be preparing some of the 120 recipes in her book – which don’t compromise on taste.

Miss Foodwise blog editor Regina Ysewijn will prepare 17th Century puddings from her book, Pride and Pudding, at the Masonic Hall on Saturday.

You could learn Japanese cooking with food writer and chef Kimiko Barber at the Borough Theatre on Saturday.

 

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Sam Evans and Shauna Guinn

 

Or you could pick up expert barbecue tips from the dynamic funders of the Hang Fire Smokehouse at the Priory Centre on Saturday. Sam Evans and Shauna Guinn will also be sharing tales of their cooking misadventure from their book, Recipes and Adventures in American BBQ.

 

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Richard Burr

 

Builder-turned-baker Richard Burr, a finalist in last year’s Great British Bake Off, will tell you how to be a star baker during a session at the Masonic Hall on Saturday. He will demonstrate recipes from his first cookbook, Bake It Yourself.

Norman Musa will demonstrate recipes from his book Amazing Malaysian at the Priory Centre on Saturday, Marie Cheong-Thong and Jon Old will be talking about sake and wasabi at the Masonic Hall on Saturday, and Eleonara Galasso will talk about modern Roman cuisine at the Priory Centre on Saturday.

Vegetarians will find a feast of ideas from Alice Hart when she talks about her new book The Modern Vegetarian at the Masonic Hall on Saturday.

Also on the bill: pop-up restaurateurs Terry and George; food writer William Sitwell; writer and recipe developer Eleanor Ford; Zuza Zak; Brad McDonald; Martha Collison.

The festival features a packed programme of forages and tours, tutored tastings, and sessions at the Artisan Kitchen School.

See the full list of exhibitors here.

Find out more about the festival here.

UPDATED: Sup a new red ale to support Wales in the Six Nations

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UPDATE: Monmouthshire brewery Mad Dog has been chosen to create the official beer for this year’s National Eisteddfod in Abergavenny.

Founder Alexis Jones says the decision was made by Monmouthshire County Council and the Eisteddfod board. The ale will use Welsh ingredients, and, like its Six Nations ale, it will be red.

Cwrw Steddfod will be available in cask and bottles in pubs in Mid and South Wales, and there are plans for a brewing demonstration at the July event.

Six Nations ale goes red for Wales:

If you want to show your Six Nations support for the Welsh rugby team while supping a local craft ale, the Mad Dog brewery has come up with your perfect tipple.

The brewery based in Penperlleni near Abergavenny has brewed a Welsh cask ale called Scrum Sox which it is distributing to a select group of pubs. In honour of Warren Gatland’s side, it’s red.

Brewer Alexis Jones says the ale is made using chocolate rye malt, which gives it the distinctive colour.

“I’ve made about 1,000 litres, and it will be available in the Boar’s Head, Brecon, the Horseshoe in Mamhilad, and the John Fielding in Cwmbran,” he said.

Mad Dog has made a name for itself by creating delicious craft ales from unusual ingredients, many of which are sourced locally. Its All Day Breakfast granola stout, available between October and March, uses handmade granola from the Wye Valley.

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Afternoon Sunshine, which has citrus notes, is an American Pale ale which is dry-hopped to the finish. Alexis said this is to give the beer “extra bark”.

Full-bodied stout John Peel, available between September and March, is infused with fresh orange peel, and is named after one of Alexis’ musical heroes.

“I listened to John Peel’s programme when I used to drive a truck,” he said.

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Submissible Anarchy, available between September and March, is a golden crafted ale made with local honey, and added flavours of citrus and juniper berries.

A keen home brewer whose passion for creating beer was re-ignited by YouTube videos, Alexis learned his craft at Caerphilly’s Celt Experience brewery. He also completed a microbiology course in beer at Brew Lab.

He started Mad Dog Brewing Company Ltd in October 2014, initially creating four beers from his home kitchen – Afternoon Sunshine, Bark Like A Bird, Dirty Dog, and Now In A Minute.

He moved the brewery to a unit in Penperlleni in February 2015. The business has taken off, and now he’s expanding, and hopes to take on two members of staff.

A number of Mad Dog’s bottled beers are available in a number of shops as well as cask ale being available in pubs.

“We’ve got around 26 different wholesalers situated across the UK,” Alexis said. Close to home, the beer is sold at The Marches Deli in Abergavenny.

Find out more about the beers at http://maddogbrew.co.uk/beer-range/

Customers can buy the brewery’s bottled beer, including John Peel, Now In A Minute, Bohemian Hipster, and It’s All Propaganda, online at http://maddogbrew.co.uk/shop or through Beer Revolution http://www.beerrevolution.co.uk/

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Maria Williams is a professional blogger, copywriter, and PR for small business. Visit www.wordsyoucanuse.co.uk

 

 

13 places to get a delicious taste of Christmas at markets and fairs

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Get a taste of the festive season and spice up your Christmas shopping

Feel the need for a taste of the festive season as you shop? Here is Gusto’s guide to some of the best Christmas markets and fairs in Wales.

ABERGAVENNY

Abergavenny Christmas Food and Drink Fair December 14 – see my separate blog on this event with all the details you need here.

ABERGLASNEY

Aberglasney Winter Fair, Camarthenshire, December 4 to 6, Friday 2.00pm – 6.00pm; Saturday & Sunday 10am – 4.30pm.

The site will be transformed into a ‘Winter Wonderland’ and Christmas shopper’s paradise, with almost 100 stalls selling gifts, crafts, decorations and fine food.There will also be entertainment ranging from traditional choirs to silver bands who will perform across the weekend. Aberglasney Gardens’ restored grade II* listed mansion will be filled with stalls as will a large marquee on the North Lawn in front of the mansion itself.  A separate fine food marquee gives you the opportunity to stock up on all your festive favourites with some of the regions very best producers exhibiting again this year. As well as a range of food outlets for ‘on the go’ eating Aberglasney’s Tearooms ‘MaryEllen’s’ will have a special menu. 

Admission prices:
£8.00 Adult/OAP
£4.00 Children (5 – 16, under 5’s Free)
£20.00 Family Ticket *2 Adults + 2 Children
….with a complimentary glass of mulled wine and a mince pie for all visitors.

ANGLESEY

Plas Newydd Christmas food and craft fair, December 6 and 7. Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens at Llanfairpwll will play host to 60 stalls from 11am to 4pm. Entry costs £1 per adult, and 50p per child.

BLACKWOOD

Blackwood Christmas Market December 17. Stalls, entertainment and funfair rides will take over the town centre.

BUILTH WELLS

Royal Welsh Winter Fair November 30 and December 1 at The Showground, Llanelwedd. Alongside the judging of livestock, poultry and horses in the main indoor arenas, and the judging of floral art, produce and handicrafts in the South Glamorgan Hall, will be the cream of the food crop from Wales.
The Food Hall will offer the best of Welsh produce, and there will be a Christmas Farmers’ Market offering stalls with food and drink to take home, and a warming mulled wine.

Admission Prices

Single day tickets Advanced – Pre Show Gate Price
Adult £ 12.00 £ 14.00
Children (5-16 yrs) £ 5.00 £ 5.00
Children 4 years and under FREE
Two day tickets Advanced – Pre Show
Gate Price
Adult £ 22.00 £ 26.00

CARDIFF

Christmas Market November 12 to December 23 – see my separate blog on this, with a full list of stalls, here.

Winter Wonderland November 12 to January 3. Revellers looking for a taste of the festive season after their skating at the site outside City Hall and the National Museum of Wales can visit the new Bierkeller Bar to sample a gluhwein or beer. The catering area’s chalet units will serve treats including German sausages cooked on a traditional swing grill and freshly made crepes.

Opening times:

Until 21st December:
Monday to Friday:  11am – 10pm
Saturdays: 9:45 am – 10pm
Sundays: 9:45 am – 8:45pm
 From 21st December 
 Monday to Sunday: 9:45 am – 10pm
Christmas Eve: 9:45am – 8:45pm
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: 11am – 6:15pm
New Year’s Eve: 9:45am – 12:30am 

For ticket prices for the attractions including skating click here.

CAERPHILLY

Caerphilly Christmas Fair December 12 and 13 in the town centre and castle. More than 100 traders will descend on the town, along with activities and entertainment for the family. Enter the castle to discover a medieval castle dressed for the occasion, where you can enjoy entertainment as well as the chance to see Father Christmas and his sleigh. On the Saturday, there will be a real life reindeer.

Refreshments will be available, including a tea room, a hog roast, mulled wine and minced pies.

The castle is open between 9.30am and 5pm

Castle Entry Prices
Adult – £5.50
Family – £16.50*
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 – £4.10
Member – Free
Disabled and companion – Free

*Admits 2 adults and all children under 16

All children under 5 receive free entry.

HAY ON WYE

Hay Festive Market November 14. There will be stalls at the Butter Market selling Christmas gifts alongside the best local vegetables, game, preserves and chutneys, and breads.

LLANDUDNO

Llandudno Christmas Fayre November 19 to November 22 in Madoc Street and Trinity Square.

This market has 140 food and craft stalls including continental foods and cooking demonstrations using local produce every day. Last year, it attracted 30,000 visitors in four days. Great Orme Brewery of Llandudno will be hosting a bar serving 10 local beers on draft.

Exhibitors will include:

Edwards of Conwy

Blas Ar Fwyd

Pant Du Vineyard

Kat’s Candy Carts of Conwy

Wild Horse Brewing Company

Goetre Farm Preserves

Snowdonia Cheese Company

Foel Farm Anglesey farmhouse chocs

Marshside Teas

LLANERCHAERON, CEREDIGION

Llanerchaeron Christmas Fair December 6 and 7, 11am to 4pm. There will be more than 70 local food and craft stalls. The John Nash villa at Ciliau Aeron will be decorated for Christmas, there will be a visit from Father Christmas and a treasure hunt for the children.

SWANSEA

Christmas Markets November 25 to December 22. Oxford Street. Market Opening Times – Monday to Saturday – 9.30am to 5.30pm; Sunday – 10.00am to 5.00pm. Stalls offering arts, crafts, handmade gifts, fine foods, speciality products, unique Christmas decorations and festive essentials .Foodies can soak up the atmosphere while sipping a glass of mulled wine and keep warm and well fed with a hearty hog roast, crepes and hot turkey rolls.  Entertainment will be scheduled throughout the duration of the market.

Waterfront Winterland –  November 13 to January 3. Museum Park, in the grounds of the National Waterfront Museum, is transformed for the 10th year into Waterfront Winterland. Enjoy ice skating on the Admiral ice rink and children’s rink; visit Santa’s Grotto, experience the festive family funfair, taste delicious food from the Alpine dining cabins and returning for 2015, the Big Wheel.

Opening Times

Saturday and Sunday: 10.00am – 10.00pm
Monday to Friday: (until 18 Dec) 12 noon – 10.00pm
Monday to Friday: (from 21 Dec – 3 Jan) 10.00am – 10.00pm
Christmas Eve: 10.00am – 7.00pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day: 12 noon – 7.00pm
New Year’s Eve: 10.00am – 10.00pm
New Year’s Day: 12 noon – 7.00pm

*On all days  – the last skate is 1 hour prior to the advertised closing time

TENBY

Carew Castle Christmas Fayre December 7. There will be stalls including local produce, jewellery, textiles, confectionery, knitware, memorabilia, and local artwork. There will also be face painting and a chance to meet Santa in his grotto. Normal entry fee will include a mince pie.

WREXHAM

Wrexham Victorian Christmas Market, December 10, noon to 8pm. There will be 80 stalls selling a selection of festive treats and gifts, at St Giles’ Parish Church and Church Street. There will be crafts, clothing, accessories, jewellery, unique gifts and stocking fillers alongside delicious hot food and drinks, including tasty mulled wine and hot smoked sausages. The event is free.

Food festival competition winner will get deluxe stay – and tickets to see TV chef

TV chef Tom Kerridge
TV chef Tom Kerridge

A foodie is being dished up a tasty treat at this year’s Abergavenny Food Festival in September.

One visitor who buys a weekend wristband on the official website before the end of June will win a VIP festival experience.

That will include a two-night, deluxe stay at The Angel Hotel, a festival foodie bag, an access all areas pass, two front row tickets to see Tom Kerridge in conversation with Xanthe Clay at 7.30pm on Friday September 18 at the Borough Theatre, and a signed copy of his book, Tom’s Table: My Favourite Everyday Recipes.

Visit www.abergavennyfoodfestival.com for more details.